Are you a fan of the College of Arms or Heraldry in General? Think you have what it takes to define the face of a City? This is your chance to design a Coat of Arms for a City! And maybe win a prize!I’m running an unofficial contest for anyone that has an interest in heraldry or art. This contest is Portalarium and College of Arms endorsed. I hope that we will get at least 10-15 designs. The best of which may be used by a City in-game for its Coat of Arms. Submissions as part of the contest will be accepted until 9:00 PM Central Standard Time, on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. How do I enter? Anyone who has pledged to Shroud of the Avatar is eligible. The only people not allowed to enter are College of Arms Sovereigns and Heralds and Portalarium Staff. To enter, just send a private message with your design or a link to it to any of the following people: Sir Frank, NirAntae, Ronan, Adiun Tesserande, or myself, Lord Kiron Maedun (I will be the sole collection point and will pass on submissions to the judges without names to make sure there is no bias). Not an artist? That is fine! We will also be accepting Blazons of Coats of Arms; however it is recommended that you find an artist to bring your design to life, because each herald’s rendition of it might be slightly different. What will be judged are the escutcheons only, which means only what is on the actual shield part. You can use either of the incomplete generators that the college is working on as a baseline; Coren’s or Grant’s. The Standard Shield shape we will use can be found here. We are using the private submission process to protect the uniqueness of each individual design. At the end of the event, a selection of designs will be displayed for all to see along with the announcement of the winner and honorable mentions. Anyone not judging can give you advice on your arms; so feel free to use members of the College of Arms! Only one final submission will be taken from each person, if more than one is submitted by a person the first will be the one that is used unless specified before the deadline by the submitter. If the same design is submitted by more the one person or a design is submitted without enough difference, then the first one will be accepted and the second person will be notified. Submissions as part of the contest will be accepted until 9:00 PM Central Standard Time, on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. How do I win? A winner will be picked by the Sovereigns of the College of Arms and FireLotus and Lord British himself! They will pick the one that they feel fits the best for the design of Port Graf. The winner will be announced prior to R7. What do I win? The winning entry will receive a 50$ Add-on Store credit. And if deemed worthy by Lord British and Team, your Coat of Arms for Port Graff could be featured in game! If that isn't enough, we’ll have some additional prizes that will be announced before the contest ends! The contest is drawing to a close and so far I have received some really amazing submissions and am hoping more to come! I personally want to thank everyone that has taken interest in this contest and has helped make it what I believe is a success. When the contest was announced I also said that addition rewards would be announced as the contest went on, well the time has come! Here is a list of the final rewards that will be given out to the winner and runner ups of the contest. Winner – 60$ credit to for the Add-on store, a personal heraldic discussion with one or more of the Sovereigns of the College, access to a collection of over 200 heraldic art files for personal use, and if deemed worthy by Lord British and Team, your Coat of Arms for Port Graff featured in game. Runner up - 20$ credit to for the Add-on store and access to a collection of over 200 heraldic art files for personal use Guidance: The main guidance for this event is that all the rules established in the College of Arms forum area for Heraldry still apply. A good guide to these can be found here. Every submission will be checked to make sure that it is an original work; not based on previous Coats of Arms, there are rules that are on the forums that defines what this is. That it is also not using art pieces that are protected or not in the public domain; pieces drawn by yourself or that are free to use are what is needed. If you are interested in the contest but don’t really understand Heraldry you are still ok! Anyone in the College of Arms would be willing to give basic explanations over the rules and are able to look over any design and say whether they are followed or if they are broken, without commenting on the design itself. Additionally, Portalarium has provided us with a brief history on the City. You can use this to guide your design. Port Graff: Lauran Graff discovered the Graff Mines in the NE extremes of Novia. These mines produced gems of such size and quality; they had never been seen in the world before or since. Lauran became a master jeweler whose work was in the highest demand throughout the world. Due to the value of the product and the security needs of its creator, Graff took himself, his craft, and his stock to an island off the western coast of the Northern Drachvald. Port Graff, is a port town on the main shore basically midway between the mines and the island. It is a place of great trade! Miners come through here to get equipment needed for the mines to the NE, returning with valuable gems. These gems are shipped off to Graff's private island, to be returned as FABULOUS pieces of jewelry or gem encrusted gear. Even great wizards are seen traveling through Port Graff coming from all around Novia, traveling to his island, to assist in the capture of Magic within the astounding gems. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Good luck! Edits or Additions: First Edition of the style guide: Style Guide 1 - Please note that charges/designs DO have to be identifiable and blazonable (described in a couple of words such that it can be recreated by someone else) 2- Updated with the final rewards that will given out for the contest.